Here in Atlanta, the creative community thrives on the support of each other. Not only do creative entrepreneurs and makers promote each other, but they also help each other make sales and long lasting customers. Atlanta is a unique city in that sense. It’s not a competition; it’s a community. And when it comes to shopping, what’s better than something that no one else will have? The following are three community-driven creative spaces open to the public for shopping and inspiration.
Located in Edgewood, The Beehive is unique in concept. The store opened in 2004 as the first ever co-op concept boutique in Atlanta. The idea is that designers and creators rent space in the store in exchange for a high commission on their sales. What I find extra special about The Beehive is that the designers/creators can work in the store for eight hours per month for a discounted rental rate, creating an even bigger sense of community.
In addition to a wide selection of locally handcrafted goods, The Beehive also offers creative classes on site. The options include sewing, jewelry making, knitting and crochet, photography, screen-printing and more. And if you’d like to get your kiddos started in the crafting world young, they also offer kids craft classes.
Young Blood Boutique and Gallery
As the name reveals, Youngblood is more than just a boutique; it is a gallery of art and local beauty. A local establishment for 15 years, Young Blood boutique is very well known in Atlanta. In fact, in 2012 the original owners made the decision to close Young Blood. But local Atlantans Rebecca Hanna and Jessie White wouldn’t let that happen and bought the beloved Young Blood Boutique and Gallery in January 2013 “with the spirit of the founding principles in mind and the goal of presenting a curated collection of the country's most inspired and highly crafted art and goods.”
The shop and gallery houses art and handcrafted goods from all over the country, but has a strong focus on the local Atlanta creative community. In addition to offering creative a space to sell their goods, Young Blood also regularly holds local events both on site and off, enriching the creative community that loves the well-known boutique and gallery.
Pop Marché at Paris on Ponce
Although it is more of a huge warehouse made up of boutiques, Paris on Ponce is certainly a great place to shop for locally made goods. The 46,000 square foot warehouse is a great place to spend the day perusing both handmade items and carefully curated vintage collectibles. With everything from clothing to furniture, Paris on Ponce is a go-to for many Atlanta locals.
Within Paris on Ponce, you will find Pop Marché, “a chic and unique collection of boutiques, representing several dozen independent curators, collectors, and designers.” These Atlanta-based boutique owners work hard to curate—and sometimes create—the perfect collections for Pop Marché shoppers. An added plus: Paris on Ponce is located on the Beltline, making it the perfect stop on a leisurely Atlanta walk. They also welcome events and photo shoots to be held in their Moulin Rouge-esque Ballroom.